Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Judy Collins

Something drew me to Book Passage today, and sure enough, I was rewarded.  Judy Collins was speaking at 1, and it was 12:30.  As I wandered about, she was wandering too, so I was able to talk to her and tell her what her music means to me. 

She began her "talk" by singing "Both Sides Now".  Tears filled my eyes and then, she invited all of us to sing with her.  There wasn't a person there who didn't know the words.  She spoke of the 60's and ABC buying the word "hootenanny" and then refusing to air Pete Seeger, who is still strong and involved at 92, and recently sent her a new song to record.  

She ended by singing "Amazing Grace" and again inviting all of us to join in with her which we did, though no one has a voice like Judy Collins.  I have seen her sing before but not like this. This was just Judy breaking into song with that incredible voice.  

She was funny and then got serious.  She is very involved with suicide prevention. Her son committed suicide 20 years ago.  She tried to commit suicide when she was 14.  She had already performed with a symphony orchestra at the age of 13.  She spoke of the pressure young people are under today.  Maybe we don't have to push our young people so hard.   

I'm excited to read her latest book, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, and I'm grateful I followed my intuition today and stopped in at Book Passage.   What a treat!

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